“Edith Gray”, at 38ft is the smallest Pilot Cutter we have built so far. She is also the fastest, and since her launch has steadily built a reputation for seaworthiness and speed. Her lines are based on the smaller transom sterned Pilot Cutters of the Bristol Channel.She is constructed of larch planking on sawn oak frames, Bronze and Copper fastened.With her Pilot cutter pedigree, deep keel, low freeboard and substantial Gaff Cutter Rig, she is a fast, comfortable and capable boat.
“Morwenna” is a 45ft vessel based on the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters. She is similar to the Pilot Cutter “Mischief” but has a different deck layout and interior.She is constructed of larch planking on sawn oak frames, Bronze and Copper fastened.The Oiled Oak and white painted pine make her interior light and airy, and she is designed to comfortably sleep up to nine persons.The Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters were Gaff Cutter rigged, Sporting a large topsail, Staysail and Flying Jib. Her douglas fir mast and boom, were grown locally in the forest at Longleat.With her Pilot cutter pedigree, deep keel, low free-board and substantial Gaff Cutter Rig, she is a fast, comfortable and capable boat. “Morwenna” has become a successful charter boat on the South Coast.
The Pilot Cutter "Mischief" is a replica of the 1906 Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter made famous by the writer and explorer HW Tilman.After an exhaustive search we came to the conclusion that no line drawings of the original “Mischief” existed. Nevertheless, during this search we made some very useful contacts, and came upon a wealth of photos of “Mischief”, some of which showed her hull and underwater shape. In reconstructing the vessel, RB Boatbuilding used these images of “Mischief” as a starting point. With the help of yacht designer Ed Burnett, who has experience with Pilot Cutter design, and a very useful computer program, we took the "family" resemblance of other Cardiff Pilot boats whose lines, ratios and coefficients exist, then using the hull photos, we arrived at a set of lines to build the replica of “Mischief”. “Mischief” was an important historic vessel, who was owned and sailed by one of Britain's most fascinating and prolific explorers.Tilman wrote six books detailing his expeditions with Mischief.
The Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter “Breeze”, built in 1817, is the only known surviving example of a cutter built by Cooper's yard at Pill. She is also one of the smallest and handiest of the surviving skiffs.
This was a ground up restoration, though we did manage to save some of the original vessel which includes her heavy pitch pine mast.
On her sea trials we took her out into the Bristol Channel, and in an uncomfortable Bristol Channel chop, she went to windward like a rocket!
LOA: 37ft 6 inches
Beam:12ft 6 inches
Draught: 6' 6"
The Pilot Gig 'Isambard', is the Boat & inspiration that started the Bristol Gig Club. She regularly competes throughout the West of England and the Isles of Scilly.